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(aka "Lycanthropus" or "Ghoul in a Girl's Dormitory or "Monster Among the Girls" or "Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory" or "I Married a Werewolf" or "The Ghoul in School")

 

Directed by Paolo Heusch (as Richard Benson)
Italy / Austria 1961

 

Twisted Italian horror meets lurid German krimi in the 1961 EuroShocker fIlled with "Genuinely eerie scenes and rather graphic maulings" (DVD Drive-In), now restored like you've never seen or heard it before.

When an all-girl reform school is rocked by a series of grisly murders, it will unleash a nightmare of sexual corruption and lupine depravity. Carl Schell (THE BLUE MAX), Barbara Lass (aka Roman Polanski's first wife Barbara Kwiatkowska) and Luciano Pigozzi (CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this infamous Italian/Austrian co-production - originally titled LYCANTHROPUS - directed by Paolo Heusch (THE DAY THE SKY EXPLODED) from a screenplay by giallo maestro Ernesto Gastaldi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) with a classic score by Armando Trovajoli (STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM).

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A school for wayward girls is plagued by mysterious attacks by a strange beast. This low budget, melodramatic horror film has several shadowy characters who are suspected of being werewolves. The girls really are wayward as they wander off into the nearby forest every time the moon is full. A wolf, a girl, and three men meet their demise at the claws of the unknown throat ripper. Terror grips the campus as the search continues for the murderous monster.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 9th, 1961

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Review: Severin - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Severin - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:33.526        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,428,558,345 bytes

Feature: 21,881,370,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1696 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1696 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbpss

Subtitles English, None
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Studio:
Severin

 

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,428,558,345 bytes

Feature: 21,881,370,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Bad Moon Rising - Interview with Screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (10:53)
Audio Commentary with Actor Curt Lowens, moderated by David Del Valle for Retromedia DVD.
Italian Trailer (3:29)
US Trailer (1:12)
Alternate Opening (0:26)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 12th, 2019
Black Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Severin Blu-ray (November 2019): Severin have transferred the 1961 Euro-horror Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory to Blu-ray. in the "original uncut Italian version". It is described as from a "newly scanned in 2k from archival elements recently discovered in a Rome lab vault". The image is imperfect and has plenty of issues - many, I suspect, related to the production itself. There are frame-specific marks, and plenty of speckles but nothing that makes it unwatchable. 

On their Blu-ray, Severin use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original Italian or English DUB languages. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by Armando Trovajoli (Hercules in the Haunted World, Two Women, The Valachi Papers, A Special Day, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian Style, La Vista.) Severin offer optional English subtitles for both the Italian translation and for the English DUB (see samples below) on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

There is an audio commentary with actor Curt Lowens (who played director 'Director Swift' in "Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory". It is moderated by David Del Valle who poses questions regarding his career and the best industry people that he worked with including Paolo Heusch, censorship, The Edgar Wallace influence, how it's really not a "Dormitory" but rather a "Reformatory" and other details. It's not bad although not particularly probing or doing deep analysis (although to be fair the film doesn't warrant it either and I thought Del Valle carried it off well.) Severin add a 10-minute video piece entitled "Bad Moon Rising" which is a frank interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (My Name Is Nobody, Torso, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh) in Italian with English subtitles. There are Italian and US trailers as well as the brief US titled opening crediting The Ghoul in School written by Marilyn Stewart, Frank Owens and sung by Adam Keefe.

Well... I don't know - I liked Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory. Barbara Lass (Roman Polanski's first wife) certainly has a sexy Barbara Steele-thing going on. Yes, it's hokey as heck and the exploitation, although tempered, is obvious. I loved the black and white cinematography, by Renato Del Frate (as George Patrick), suiting a superior horror with plenty of forest shadows and scientist basements. It's an odd-ball 'Werewolf' flic but maybe that's what I liked about it. It's not Euro-trash and has some respectable production values. Yes, I recommend this Blu-ray with the commentary and interview. You may also be very pleasantly surprised.

Gary Tooze

 


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